The Concordia Technology Solutions team is excited to announce the release of texting to Church360° Unite. This exciting new feature allows you to send mass text messages to the members of your church who have opted in to this form of communication. This feature is included free of charge with your current subscription.
Videos have become increasingly common on church websites, especially as more churches are recording or livestreaming their services. While the simple option for sharing on your church website may seem to be to upload the video directly to your site, there are a lot of advantages to uploading a video through a 3rd-party website like Facebook or YouTube and then embedding it onto church website. I'll explain why that is and how to do it in this blog post.
The Church360° Unite team is excited to announce some big changes to the Edit Page experience. Not only has the Rich Text Editor been upgraded, but we are introducing the ability to add rows and cells, as well as the option to switch the type of cells to change the type of content that is displayed.
Have you ever noticed the small lock icon next to the URL on certain websites? The lock icon indicates that the website is secure because it utilizes an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate.
What is SSL?
According to SSL.com, "SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) and it's successor TLS (Transport Layer Security) are methods used to secure and encrypt sensitive information like credit cards, usernames, passwords, and other private data sent over the Internet. Website pages secured with SSL and TLS are those branded with the HTTPS in their URL address."
This has been an important level of security for online form submissions for a number of years, but has also recently started to affect SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for websites, which impacts where in search rankings your website will show up.
Social media has become an important tool for organizations to reach their audiences, and that is especially true for churches. We are excited to announce the release of a new feature in Church360° Unite that allows you to quickly add links to social media accounts in the footer of your website.
Hyperlinking text allows you to create links to other pages in your site, an outside website, a certain spot within a document, a file to download, or an email address. In this article, we’ll go over linking to a file to download and how to make the document open in a new tab.
Automatic invitations and reminders for events can save you a lot of time and help increase attendance. Here is how to set up new events with these.
Your Church360° Unite website has Household and Person profiles for each member of your church. Here is an overview of these types of profiles and how to edit them.
Once a feed page has been created in Church360° Unite, visitors can subscribe to the feed using an RSS reader. Different web browsers work differently, so the process for doing this may vary. In the example below, I use Google Chrome to subscribe to the feed.
With Church360° Unite, it is quick and easy to change the appearance of your church website by selecting a new theme or preset. A theme provides the overall layout of your website. Create your site’s look and feel by choosing from twelve different themes, each with unique features.
In Church360° Unite, you can create private pages called Groups, which allow members of your site to interact with each other in online discussions. Within Groups, leaders can post documents, photos, or comments or create events that can only be seen by members who have been given access to the Group.
The Groups feature in Church360° Unite is a powerful tool that allows you to create a separate site within your site. A group leader can add standard pages like Events, Discussion, and Members to a group, as well as additional unique pages.
We added new features that allow you to schedule blog posts, create new styles from existing styles, and create new pages from existing pages. We hope these improvements will help make your work in Church360° Unite more efficient!
Welcome to the wonderful world of creating your website using Church360° Unite! Feeling some pressure? Don’t. You can do this. I promise you, with a little guidance you’ll be sailing through and wondering why you ever worried in the first place.
In this series of articles (we’ve dubbed “Unite Basics”) you’ll learn the easiest way to make an attractive website for your church with the least amount of headache.
This week we hosted two training webinars for Church360° Unite. Watch the videos below to learn more about feeds, posts, comments, as well as users, mailings, and the member directory.
Keeping directory photos up-to-date in Church360° Unite is an important task to help your members connect with one another online. Read this blog post for some different ideas on updating and maintaining these photos for your church.
Earlier today on our CTS Technology & Your Ministry blog, one of our regular authors, Ann Ciaccio, offered some tips on How to Avoid Being Labeled as Spam. We thought it might be interesting to take some of her main points and apply them to the emailing features in Church360° Unite.
With this latest update to Church360° Unite, you can now include the same event on multiple calendars and, in the case of recurring events, you can now change the name of a specific event instance without affecting the entire series.
In the ever-changing world of online security, it’s important to regularly update! Our developers are constantly researching and implementing new features in Church360° Unite to keep your site safe. This update adds an extra layer of protection with SSL.
Our developers have been busy! We’ve rolled out new features, improvements, and bug fixes in Church360° Unite thanks to your feedback. Here’s a summary of the updates:
Evites are a new Church360° Unite feature that allows you to send email invitations after creating an event.
Each invitee will receive an email invitation asking them to RSVP. Once they respond, after selecting “I’m going” or “I might go," they will be added as a participant to that event.
We’re always listening to our customers’ feedback, and a lot of people have askedk for an easier way to invite people to become users. We will be continually improving that process, but we just added the ability to upload a CSV file that should greatly decrease the time it takes to invite new users. Here’s how it works:
Include Staff Photos
Visiting a church for the first time is more uncomfortable when you don’t know anyone who attends. Include up-to-date pictures of the church staff on your site to give potential visitors a friendly face to look for.